Applegate Valley, Rogue Valley, Southern Oregon, Oregon
I encourage you to visit Plaisance Ranch, where you’ll get to sip their wines in a covered barn, likely served by owner Suzi. The property is a working, 200+ acre ranch! See the hay bales in the photo? Their barn used to shelter dairy cows, but with some creative repurposing, is now an open-air tasting space with the ability to social distance to your hearts content. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a quick tour of the winery and cellar spaces too.
Bouquet and Palate:
I LOVED the aromas and flavors in this Viognier made by Plaisance Ranch. Sometimes, this varietal can leave an oily coating in your mouth. But this Viognier, along with others I tried in Southern Oregon, retained enough acidity to instead offer a nice, full mouthfeel without the oil! Stone fruits notes of peaches and white apricots co-mingled with tart, citrusy marmalade jam and gardenias. The finish was long and satisfying too! If you’re more of a red wine drinker, I think you’ll love this wine since it offers a heavier weight than most white wines. It feels more like a red wine while in your mouth.
Food pairing suggestions:
Pair the Plaisance Ranch Viognier with fried crab cakes, chicken satay, salad with blood oranges and crushed hazelnuts.
Michele Francisco, a founder and regular contributor to Winerabble, a blog primarily about Pacific Northwest wines, is living the dream in Portland, Oregon. Her passion leads some to believe she's got wine running through her veins. Contact Michele at firstname.lastname@example.org & be sure to visit her online portfolio at www.michelefrancisco.com.